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“Maybe you could give him a call?” Jake said, nudging Casey with his foot under the table. “We’d really appreciate it. We don’t want to put you in a bad spot, but obviously, it’s pretty important.”grinned at Jake then swiveled around, removing a phone from the side table and setting it in front of him. “Let me try.”winked at her and Casey sat as patient as she could while she listened to the hospital president talking to his lawyer, explaining the situation, and then going through many of the facts again. Casey took a thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница deep breath and let it out through her teeth., Prescott hung up, looked sadly at Jake, and shook his head. “Sorry, Mr. Carlson. As I thought, we’d need a court order or a signed release from the victim’s family to give you any kind of information. We can’t do anything without either of those and avoid the liability.”clamped her teeth shut and stood so she wouldn’t blurt out anything offensive.

“Sure thing,” Jake said, rising as well and shaking the president’s hand. “Could you do me a favor, though? If Ms. Jordan was to go to thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница the trouble to get this order, could you just tell us if you thought we’d be wasting our time?”doctor puffed out his lips and slipped on a pair of reading glasses as he turned to his computer screen. He pecked away at the keyboard for several minutes, frowning at the screen., he looked up at Jake with the hint of smile and said, “I don’t think you’d be disappointed.”

THEY GOT outside, Casey searched the street and marched over to the pewter Lexus, knocking on Ralph’s window. It hummed down and Ralph looked thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница up at her with a blank expression.

“I got something for you,” Casey said.nodded, but said nothing.

“Cassandra Thornton,” Casey said, “the woman Dwayne Hubbard went to jail for? See if you can find her relatives and ask them if they’ll sign a release that gives us access to her hospital records the night she was killed.”squinted at Jake, then nodded and said, “We can do that.”

“Great,” Casey said. She turned and crossed the street with Jake, taking out her phone and dialing Marty Barrone. He was in his office, which was less than thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница three blocks away. They left Jake’s car on the street and walked to the office, taking an elevator up to the third floor. The offices of Barrone & Barrone were nice enough for a high-end firm in Manhattan. Blond wood and contemporary leather chairs had just the right blend of sophistication and success, with some subtle modern art to suggest a progressiveness she didn’t expect to find in Auburn, New York. Marty’s office, however, was a small space with a narrow window. Casey and Jake barely had room for their knees as they sat in chairs thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница facing his desk with their backs to a bookcase.had one of those posters on the wall about success, with an eagle soaring in the clouds. The poster was a bit sun-faded and showed it had been tacked to a wall before being framed.

“My fiancée is going to flip,” Marty said, sitting down across from them, wagging his head, and talking fast. “I wish I had a dollar for every time Linda told me about one of your stories and how great you are. I usually golf with my dad and uncle on Sundays, but she thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница TiVo’s them and makes me watch. Not that I don’t want to watch, but hitting it around on Sundays kind of goes along with the program around here. Jeez, man. Did that nun really rock out like that? She was amazing when she played ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ ”sighed. “Okay, Marty, we need to get Judge Kollar to give us an order. We need to compel the Auburn Hospital to give up swab samples they may have taken from Cassandra Thornton that would have her attacker’s DNA.”

“Of course, I’m sorry,” Marty said, the blotches on his thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница face blooming across his pale cheeks. “You think they even have that?”

“I know they do,” Casey said. “We just have to get it. Can you get us in to see the judge?”

“I can try,” Marty said, stroking the dark fuzz on his upper lip. “The Rotary is having a fund-raiser for him today, a lunch. Even if we can’t get into his chambers, we could grab him there.”

“I don’t care where,” Casey said. “I just need to see him and I need to have him in our corner.”



“I got both of thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница those covered,” Marty said. “It would be good if you bought a ticket, though. They’re only fifty dollars, but things like that go a long way with the judge.”bit her tongue and said, “We can do the lunch. Tickets are no problem, but try to get us into his chambers if you can. I want this done right.”

“How’d you like my brief?” Marty asked, thin and eager in his white shirtsleeves, his black suit coat having been hung over the back of his chair.hesitated, then said, “It needs a little work, but I got the general thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница idea. Besides, if we get this order, I’m not going to even bother to spank the chief. We can work right around him.”

“I’m glad,” Marty said. “My uncle said I’d have to withdraw if it came to that.”

“Your uncle?” Casey said.

“He heard about the brief I was working on,” Marty said.glanced at Jake, then said, “Marty, I can’t have you talking to anyone about what I’m doing.”’s blotches turned a deeper red. “My uncle’s the head of the firm. Everything we do is in confidence. That’s basic thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница ethics, right?”

“We’re talking about a man’s life here,” Casey said. “I’ve worked in a firm, too. When people know, things slip, I’m not saying intentionally, but we can’t have the other side knowing our next move.”

“What other side?” Marty asked.

“Whoever is trying to keep us from setting Dwayne Hubbard free,” Casey said, studying him. “For whatever reason.”

“The police said getting rid of the evidence was just part of normal procedure,” Marty said. “You know that, right?”

“And I don’t believe them,” Casey said, leaning forward. “You know that, right thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница?”

“But my brief,” Marty said quietly. “I’m no Shakespeare, but you got it that the police have no legal duty to preserve evidence once all the appeals are done, right?”

“I got that, finally, yes,” Casey said calmly. “What I couldn’t get a clear handle on, and what I doubt you have a clear handle on, is whether or not their mismanaged approach-destroying evidence from 1989 before they’d finished with 1988-violated our client’s civil rights or the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.”wrinkled his face.

“Exactly,” Casey said. “So, since you’re not in tune thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница with the gravity of what’s going on, and since everything you say to other people in this firm-especially your uncle, the judge’s fund-raiser-might as well be on the front page of the Auburn Citizen, I need you to keep everything strictly confidential. If your uncle wants you to withdraw, then do it now, but don’t compromise what I’m doing here.”swallowed and clutched a pen in his hand. He glanced guiltily at Jake as he nodded slowly.

“I’m sorry,” he said.

“All right,” Casey said, standing. “Let’s forget it and move thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница on. We get the DNA from these swab samples and it all might not matter.”

“I’m really sorry,” Marty said, looking up at her and digging in his ear.

“I know. It’s okay,” Casey said. “We’ve got some other things to do, but I’ll be expecting your call after you line up the judge.”they got back out on the street, Jake asked, “How did you end up with him?”explained the political grease Marty’s firm provided and how Graham had teed them up.

“Why not have the uncle himself working for you thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница?” Jake asked.

“That’s what I said,” Casey said.

“And what’d Graham say to that?”

“He never answered me.”’s cell phone rang before they reached Jake’s car.

“He’ll see us after the lunch,” Marty said.

“You tried for his chambers?” Casey asked.

“He’s going into court,” Marty said. “He wasn’t even going to see us afterward, but I told him it was a personal favor.”

“For you?” Casey asked.was quiet for a moment, before he said, “Well, yeah. I’m engaged to his daughter. That’s Linda.”

“Does that help us thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница or hurt us?” Casey asked.laughed at the joke and said, “I got the meeting and I’m not saying anything to anyone else at the firm about it.”

“Great,” Casey said. “We’ll meet you there at noon.”

SPRINGSIDE INN was nestled at the foot of a wooded hill just outside of town near the lake. Jake circled the parking lot twice before pulling over on the grassy edge of the broad circular drive.

“The judge packs them in,” Casey said as they approached the old inn.met them just inside the door with their name tags thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница and asked Casey if she had the check. Casey took the checkbook from her briefcase and laid it down on the table where two older women looked on as she filled it out for one hundred dollars to the Friends of Judge Kollar. Waitresses hurried about the banquet room, and four plates full of food already waited for them at a small card table hastily thrown up in the back.

“They were sold out,” Marty said, “but I pulled some strings. Trust me, the judge appreciates it.”

“I just can’t wait to hear him sing,” Jake said.

“He’s not thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница going to sing,” Marty said, looking confused.sat down and the lunch unfolded in the way of small-town political fund-raisers, with long-winded speakers and stale jokes. When it neared the end, Casey breathed deep and let it out slowly, stifling a yawn.Carlson rolled his eyes as the final speaker droned on about being a leader in his community. He was particularly proud of introducing underprivileged kids to the world of golf.poked at her cherries jubilee.Kollar sat like a block of granite at the head table next to the podium. He had a thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница tan shaved head and small dark eyes planted close to either side of his long nose. The thick eyebrows pasted to the eave of his brow stayed taut in a perpetual scowl. He was taller than almost every man in the room, and lean wide shoulders suggested a background in sports. Even as the handful of businessmen in sad gray suits stood one after another to sing his praises at the podium, he wore a look of intense skepticism. The previous day, in his court, Casey had attributed his scowl to the fact that she was from Texas and thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница known in the media.the priest had concluded the lunch with a prayer for wisdom and resolve, Casey and Jake remained in their seats while Marty made his way toward the head table to find out from the judge where they could talk.he returned, Marty said, “The judge said we could talk to him while he has another piece of cherries jubilee. He likes it.”smiled. “I’m so damn pleased.”of the guests, two in business suits and a handful of old ladies in pastel-colored dresses and hats, stood clustered around the judge as he ate. Casey tapped thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница her foot and nudged Marty several times., Marty dug into his ear, then stepped forward with a face as red as the judge’s dessert, held up his hands, and said, “Sorry, folks, we’ve got some business to discuss with the judge.”Kollar looked at Marty disinterestedly and the people scowled their disapproval but moved on.

“I don’t have much time,” Kollar said, shoveling in a mouthful of cherries as he studied Casey. “Wow. This stuff is terrific. Did you try this?”

“First of all,” Casey said, used to the curtness of judges, “thank you for meeting thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница us.”judge inclined his head, then wrapped his meaty hand around his cup cowboy-style before he took a gulp of coffee.explained the situation with the hospital, then said, “I was hoping you could give us that order.”judge cut the spongy cake with the edge of his fork and swabbed up some juice before nicking the dab of whipped cream and opening wide to get his mouth around the whole mess.

“I’ll have to talk to the hospital first,” he said, through his food. “Is that it?”

“Time out,” Jake said, stepping forward thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница.judge’s jowl worked like a piston as he stared without blinking. A bit of whipped cream danced up and down in the corner of his lip.

“This is a judgment call on your part, right?” Jake asked the judge.squinted at Jake, then asked Marty, “Who is that?”offered up his empty hands and his face flushed. “Jake Carlson. He’s with the TV show American Sunday.”

“Of course it’s a judgment call,” Kollar said to Jake before taking another bite.

“Okay, and you want to know all the facts, right?” Jake said.glanced at Marty again thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница. “Which is why I’ll hear what the hospital has to say.”

“Because one of the facts is the story that’s evolving here,” Jake said, leaning casually against the table with his elbow not far from the judge’s dessert. “We’ve got a black man who’s been in jail for twenty years. His trial was rushed and shoddy. The defense was a joke, with key witnesses no one ever bothered to find. Now, here we are today in the same small town trying to right a wrong, only the evidence is magically destroyed. Then, presto, we thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница come up with another way to get some DNA evidence that can set our man free, but that same small town’s new judge wants to think things over.”

“And your point?” Kollar asked, glowering.shrugged. “Just makes a good story, that’s all. You might think, what would a TV network care about some small-town story like this, and you’d be right, but then I’d say to you that when Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson show up in Auburn, New York, to join forces with a philanthropic billionaire, we’ve got a headliner. Question for you is thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница, what’s your role?”watched rage seep into the judge’s face. He scooped up the last bit of cherries jubilee and chewed so intensely that even his Adam’s apple bobbed with the effort., he rose, towering above them on the dais, pointed his fork at Casey, and said, “Tomorrow morning at ten in my chambers. No reporters, just lawyers. I’ll listen and I’ll make my decision then, and it’ll be based on the law, not a black man with a megaphone. That’s it.”judge flashed a dirty look at Marty and stomped thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница away.

“That was smooth,” Casey said when they reached Jake’s car. “You ever hear of the word subtle?”

“He’ll think about it,” Jake said. “Believe me.”

“Will you do it?”

“Depends on whether he gives you the order,” Jake said, starting the car and pulling out onto the drive. “I’ve got some markers. Would I? Yeah, I suppose I would. Good for you, right? The publicity you want? Good for the Project? Good for your career?”

“My career is fine,” Casey said.

“But it never hurts,” Jake said, a small smile on his lips, his thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница eyes on the road.

“You think that’s what I’m about?”shrugged and said, “I don’t know. I hadn’t thought about it, really. Everybody’s about the publicity to a certain extent. You learn little tidbits like that after a decade in television.”

“I’m about tomorrow,” Casey said. “A judge’s chambers, an opposing counsel, and a legal strategy to kick their ass.”

“Wish I could be there,” Jake said, “but I’ll be on my way to Rochester to interview your boy Graham.”

“I’ll give you a play-by-play,” Casey said. “You better take thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница me to Marty’s law office. I’ve got work to do. And Jake?”

“Yes, ma’am?”

“Graham isn’t my boy.”smiled.

ONLY BREAK Casey took from her research was dinner with Jake. He showed up at the law offices at six and insisted he wasn’t leaving her alone until she accompanied him to Elderberry Pond, an organic restaurant just outside of town. The rest of the thirteen hours from two in the afternoon until three in the morning she’d spent holed up in the mammoth law library at Barrone & Barrone with Marty hovering over her and thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница pestering her with questions for most of it.she woke the next morning, she dressed for the run she’d promised herself as penance for ordering a fresh raspberry tart à la mode the night before. Jake Carlson sat waiting for her in the lobby, dressed in sneakers, shorts, and an Under Armour T-shirt that revealed a muscular frame she hadn’t expected from a man his age.

“Want company?” Jake asked with a boyish grin.

“If you weren’t a Pulitzer Prize winner, I might think you were stalking me,” Casey said, returning the smile. “Sure thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница. I’d love the company.”

“A good TV reporter is part stalker, anyway,” he said. “So you Googled me? That’s a good sign.”they went together, passing through a cloud of Ralph’s cigarette smoke just outside the lobby doors. They ran the side streets, passing the prison and the bus station before leaving town and turning down a country road. For the first mile, Casey checked over her shoulder for Ralph but never saw the Lexus and forgot about him.miles later, they ended back at the hotel. Sweaty and winded, Casey passed on Jake’s invitation to thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница breakfast and wished him luck with his interview.

“I’m supposed to fly out after I finish with Graham,” Jake said, still breathing hard, “but I was thinking maybe I’d hang around and see how things shake out. Would that be okay with you?”

“It’s a free country,” Casey said.

“All you have to do is say the word and I’m as good as back on Long Island,” Jake said.

“No, I didn’t mean it like that,” she said, wiping the sweat from her face with her bare hands. “The whole hospital idea was yours thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница. You’re in on this with me as much as you want to be.”

“Good,” Jake said, clearing his throat. “Look, I’ve been around. This could be something or nothing. But maybe we could do another dinner?”

“Only if you throw in another run,” she said, patting her stomach.touched her shoulder lightly, wished her luck of her own, and said good-bye. Casey watched him walk away before she headed upstairs. After a shower and some coffee, she went over her notes again before allowing Ralph to drive her to the courthouse.

“The problem is narrowing it down thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница,” Ralph said without taking his eyes from the road. “I got a person to do it, but they came up with over seven thousand white BMWs on the road in 1989. It’s a matter of pulling the ones from this area and they have to go through the list one at a time. We’ll get it eventually, but this guy’s been in the can, what? Twenty years?”

“Be nice if it didn’t get to twenty-one, though, right?” Casey said.’s eyebrows lifted for a second and he gave a slight nod.

“You found Cassandra Thornton thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница’s people pretty fast, I’ll tell you that,” Casey said, tapping the folder Ralph had delivered to her at the law offices around nine the previous evening. “Nice work.”pulled over in front of the old limestone courthouse. “I’ll be in that spot across the street.”she made her way up the steps, Casey looked back at Ralph, who sat watching her with a blank face from the pewter Lexus.judge’s chambers had high ceilings. The dark-stained oak had faded under years of neglect. It smelled of aging books and moldy paper, but thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница the high window behind Kollar’s desk shone across the room onto a wall busy with a framed collection of butterflies, brilliant with color. Casey stared for a minute, then turned toward Kollar, trying to reconcile the collection with the granite-faced judge.

“These are beautiful,” Casey said, turning back to the specimens. “This blue is electric.”

“A lot of people use ethyl acetate in their kill jars,” Kollar said. “Cyanide makes them squeamish-the way the little suckers thrash around a bit-but it’s the best way to keep the colors bright.”looked at the judge for thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница a deeper meaning before she shook hands with the hospital’s lawyer, William Flynn, a tall, angular man in a tan suit with thinning brown hair and gold-rimmed glasses. She handed both the lawyer and the judge copies of the brief she had prepared, then sat in the other leather-upholstered wooden chair facing Kollar’s desk. The big judge folded his hands and used them as a resting place for his chin. The judge asked Flynn to present his argument first, flipping open the hospital lawyer’s brief.

“Judge, as much as we’d like to help Ms. Jordan thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница, giving out these samples would be an egregious invasion of privacy, plain and simple,” Flynn said in an even voice so full of confidence that it bordered on condescension.looked at him and nodded.

“State law is very clear that outside a subpoena in a criminal proceeding, the medical information of a patient is sacrosanct,” Flynn said, pointing to his brief. “The case law supporting patient privacy laws is extant, but the court of appeals decision in Marley v. New York is the most commonly accepted authority.”judge compressed his lips as if this were common knowledge thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница.held up a hand, looked at Casey, and said, “I’m sure Ms. Jordan will argue that this is a form of criminal proceeding, but I have to point out that case law is clear on that as well. Her client has already been tried and convicted. He has exhausted all avenues of appeal provided for by the state, so his standing isn’t one of the accused. He’s guilty. He’s a prisoner of the state serving a life sentence. The only rights he has are the recent rulings that compel the state to provide any evidence used in thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница the case against him. What Ms. Jordan is asking for is simply and obviously not state’s evidence. It is the private property of a hospital patient. I’m afraid the law is cut and dry.”

ATE BREAKFAST alone and allowed his sweat from the run to dry. His phone chirped and he read the text message from his son, Sam. Sam wanted to know if he could go right from camp to visit with a friend in the Hamptons for a few days. Jake answered with a text of his own, giving him permission and thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница resisting the temptation to ask Sam why in the world he couldn’t come home for a few days first, but didn’t because Sam had a tough time making friends. He also wanted to ask why Sam didn’t give him more notice, because he already knew the answer. Sam didn’t like to plan things and, he claimed, neither did his friends. Sam being away would allow Jake to return from his Rochester interview with Graham and take Casey up on dinner. He wasn’t sure, but he had the feeling-if he didn’t rush it thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница-something might be there between them.changed into a suit and headed out. Robert Graham kept his Rochester offices outside the city in a nondescript two-story office building just down the main road from the big shopping mall in Palmyra. A savings bank occupied the ground floor of the white building surrounded by parking lots and locust trees. Jake parked in the shade next to the rented van belonging to Dora and her crew and bypassed the glass doors of the bank to enter a side door marked Graham Funding by a modest black-and-white sign. In thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница the small entryway, as he waited for a private elevator, Jake spied the surveillance camera in the corner. He tried the fire door to the stairs, but it was locked, so he waited for the elevator. Inside the car, Jake stared into a second camera until the door rumbled open and he stepped into a small lobby. Behind a panel of glass sat a pretty young receptionist with bright red lipstick and short dark hair. When she got up, her black tailored pantsuit gave away her excellent shape.smiled at Jake, obviously expecting him. Jake heard a hum and thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница the muffled clank of a heavy metal bolt before the receptionist swung open the door, greeting him with a sultry look and a thin cool hand.

“I’ve seen your show,” she said. “This is all very exciting. Can I get you something?”cleared his throat and said, “Just my crew. Thank you, though.”

“They’re in Mr. Graham’s office. Right this way,” she said, leading him around a corner and down a brightly lit hallway to a very large corner office looking out into the trees.big cherry desk sat in the corner facing the leather furniture, stained-glass thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница lamps, and Oriental rugs. Books and Remington sculptures lined the shelves that framed the spaces taken up by richly painted seascapes blazing with three-masted battleships. Jake looked but saw not a single photograph of loved ones, their absence making the space feel sterile.smiled up at him from her monitor and motioned impatiently for him to come see.

“No water? Nothing at all?” the receptionist asked him, barely whispering and toying with her gold hoop earring.looked at her a moment, his eyes distracted by the red smudges across the face of her pearl-white teeth. “No thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница, I’m good, but thanks.”

“Maybe something later,” she said.waited until she’d gone before he said hello to the crew, then looked at the shot before asking Dora directions to the bathroom.

“Get made up, too,” Dora said, directing him around the corner, down a hallway, then around another corner. “The makeup girl is AWOL, so it’s a good thing you’re multitalented. I’d like to start this thing.”

“Is he here?” Jake asked, looking around.

“Flew in from Philly at six this morning,” Dora said. “The legend lives on. He’s on some call in the thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница conference room, supposedly until twelve-thirty, but let’s be ready in case it ends early.”

“It never does with these guys,” Jake said. “You can set your watch depending on how much money they have. They keep you waiting a half hour for every billion they’ve got.”

“Good,” Dora said, looking at her watch, “I should still make my flight back.”followed Dora’s directions to the bathroom, walking slowly through the hallways and wondering at the quiet and the well-heeled offices without a sign of workers past or present, no cups of coffee, no framed thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница pictures of loved ones on either a desk or a wall anywhere. When he came to a short hallway ending in a broad mahogany door, Jake realized he must have misunderstood Dora. He turned to go but froze when he heard someone shouting from the other side of the heavy door. Jake looked around without seeing any security cameras in the corners of the ceiling and eased himself toward the door, placing his ear gently against its cool smooth grain so that he could smell the hint of varnish.heard voices talking and strained to decipher the thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница words, his instincts telling him that, if he could, he’d quickly have something to turn the puff piece on Robert Graham into something juicy. But no matter how hard he listened, he couldn’t understand a single word. Jake moved away from the door, turned, and was startled by someone at the other end of the hall.

“What are you doing?” the man asked.

, THE HOSPITAL’S lawyer, let his hands come to rest in his lap. His eyes glittered and his lips tugged ineffectively at his smile. The judge turned his attention to Casey.took a deep thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница breath and said, “I agree with Mr. Flynn completely on his findings in regards to New York State law, Your Honor.”men gave her affirmative nods, their faces grim.

“I’d like to ask the court to find some loophole here,” Casey said with a sigh, “to use its discretion and compassion to apply some common sense to the fact that the privacy we’re talking about is for a woman who’s been dead for twenty years.”

“I don’t think that’s for you to say,” Flynn said, clearly affronted and looking at her over the rims thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница of his glasses. “There’s a family involved here, too.”

“I know,” Casey said, reaching into her briefcase, taking out the report Ralph had given her the night before, and holding it up to emphasize her point. “While her father is dead, the victim has a mother in a nursing home in Oregon suffering from advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. There’s a sister whose last known address, as of April 2006, was Sydney, Australia. That’s her family. Those are the people whose privacy we’re trying to protect. I know because I took the time to try to find them thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница, hoping I could get their permission and save the court the trouble.”two men looked at each other, then at her.

“Given the mother’s state and the complexity of her own competence to sign a release and given the sister’s inaccessibility,” Casey said, “a waiver isn’t possible. But given the same circumstances, I think it’s reasonable to suggest that neither one would know or care about the privacy issue involved here.”

“The presumption-” Flynn began before Casey cut him off.

“I understand the presumption of privacy,” she said, “and I’m not going thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница to ask for the court’s compassion or commonsense application. The judge said he’d make his decision based on the law, and that’s the only standard. I agree.”

“Good,” the judge said, placing a hand flat on his desk and starting to rise.

“Because I’m not going to ask you to apply state law,” Casey said.judge froze, then lowered himself into his chair, narrowing his eyes at Casey.

“Fortunately,” Casey said, angling her nose at the brief she’d given the judge, “if you look at the second, third, and fourth pages of my brief, you thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница’ll see that I’m relying entirely on federal law to compel you to give me those samples.”

“This is a state court,” the judge said.

“But the court’s actions in this case-if you deny my request,” Casey said, trying not to sound too pleased with herself, “will give me standing in the federal system based on the minority status of my client and the racial composition of the jury that convicted him. If you take a look at Ashland v. Curtiss and maybe even more important, Knickerbocker v. Pennsylvania, you’ll see the authority is thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница clear.”

“It’ll take years to fight that,” the judge said, smirking.nodded her head and sighed, “And I’ve got years. So does the Project. So does Dwayne Hubbard; he’s done twenty already. In the meantime, given the current political sentiment of the American public, and given that you’ll be ripped up one side and down the other in every newspaper and law journal across this country for the racism you’ll be accused of harboring from your bench, I’m guessing your replacement will act quickly. You are up for election the year after next, right, Your thrillerGreenConvictionsbestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns – seeking justice in a small town riddled with FALSE CONVICTIONSCasey is counting on an open-and-shut 4 страница Honor? I thought that’s what they said at the Rotary lunch.”bunched his hands into white-knuckled fists and his jaw tightened. When he spoke, his voice rumbled like low thunder. “This is that TV guy, isn’t it?”shook her head. “I’m a lawyer, judge. I haven’t even figured the TV part of it into the equation. That’s a network decision, but if they did, it would make it all the more interesting, wouldn’t it? Like cyanide? A bit of thrashing around?”

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